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Tree trunk sprouts prayerful inspiration in sculptor
Sharon Abercrombie, National Catholic Reporter

Weidner’s juniper tree encounter took place just a few weeks prior to the release of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
“I was so excited, when I heard it was coming,” Weidner said in an email. “It’s a blessing to have a major spiritual leader try to wake up those in denial about the ecological impact of our global culture cultures and technology on Mother Earth.”

Catholic leaders: Reaction to pope’s climate change message mixed
Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio

“The feedback has been positive,” said Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba, adding it might have something to do with Minnesotans’ connection to nature. “We taste the beauty of the land in which we live, because we’re fishing and we’re hunting and we’re camping out and canoeing and everything.”

Why Is Politico Reporting On Climate Change Like There’s Still A Debate?
Joe Romm, ClimateProgress

Will Politico ever inform their readers there’s a big difference between those leaders who say climate change is caused by humans and those who deny it? Memo to Politico: The latter group are as scientifically wrong as those who used to say cigarette smoking isn’t harmful. The popular news outlet has perfected the “view from nowhere” style of political reporting where the only thing that matters is personalities and the horse race. A classic, if depressing, example is their piece, “The Pope vs. The Donald.”


The Pope vs. The Donald
Nahal Toosi, Politico

When Pope Francis addresses Congress later this month, U.S. Catholic leaders expect the popular, groundbreaking pontiff to call on Americans to set aside their political divisions and unite to tackle challenges such as climate change, economic inequality and immigration reform.

Dumping Energy Stocks Might Cost Harvard $100 Million a Year
Simon Constable, TheStreet

Harvard’s $32.7 billion endowment would generate significantly lower returns if climate-change activists convince the university to abandon fossil fuel investments, according to a new study.

Heed Pope’s call on climate change
Stephen Ndegwa, Standard Digital

The effects of climate change are deep and far reaching. In Kenya, for instance, we have witnessed the swapping of seasons. It is now common for sunny spells in place of traditionally cold seasons, or to experience dry spells when it is supposed to be time for long rains. Floods and forest fires have also become a common occurrence in many regions around the world. This includes massive floods (El Nino) and prolonged droughts (La Nina). The arctic is now on a constant meltdown, leading to the rise of oceanic levels. Almost every region has had its fair share of environmental disasters as a result of global warming.

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Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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